Carol Pecos

Jemez Pueblo

Carol Pecos was born into Jemez Pueblo in 1934. She learned the traditional art of pottery making from her mother, Louisa F. Toledo and passed her knowledge on to her daughter, Rose Pecos Sun Rhodes. Carol's grandmother, Lupe Madalena Loretto, made clay figures in the 1920s, back when some Jemez potters first tried to restart their pottery making tradition. The family tradition has been passed down mother to daughter since.

Carol made her first storyteller around 1974 and discovered just how much fun they were for her. In the 1980s she started making storytellers with larger and larger numbers of children on them. In her words: "I am expressing myself as a woman and create what I know about. My mother was a potter. I learned at age 8 by watching her and grew up loving to work with clay. I feel good and energized by what I do. When I go into the clay world I just let go."

Four children on a storyteller
Storyteller with four children
3 in H by 3.25 in Dia

Jemez Pueblo Potters